Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Volume One

Chuck Dixon, Author, Mike Raicht, Editor, Brian Smith, Editor . Del Rey $22.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-345-50640-5

Based directly on the bestselling novel by Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson, this exuberantly gruesome comic adaptation draws some themes from Mary Shelly's 1818 original but also many images from horror movies, including contemporary slasher flicks. Deucalion, the first “Frankenstein's monster,” is summoned from meditation in a Tibetan monastery by news that Victor Frankenstein, aka “Helios,” is alive and thriving in New Orleans. Although Victor poses as a philanthropist, he actually is creating hoards of genetic slaves in an abandoned hospital. His control over his creations is slipping, however, and one has become a bloody serial killer, convinced that he can find what it takes to be human if he looks inside enough people. As this installment concludes, a tough female police detective is beginning to believe Deucalion's story, while the violence increases. Booth's vigorous layout and pencils do an admirable job of keeping characters and action clear. Dixon's adaptation also effectively uses Koontz's greatest skill, his breakneck thriller plotting, so that the story races from one ghastly shock to the next. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 02/02/2009
Release date: 02/01/2009
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